The top seeded Nebraska Baseball team dropped a winners bracket game to the Iowa Hawkeyes 2-0 on Friday afternoon. Iowa plated runs in the third and fifth, while the Huskers were unable to get a hit with runners in scoring position, going 0-7.
Nebraska had threats in each of the first three innings, with a golden chance in the third. Jake Meyers singled and moved to third when Angelo Altavilla singled. Scott Schreiber and Ben Miller would reach be strikeout victims of Ryan Erickson, while Luis Alvarado grounded out to prevent any runs from scoring.
The Hawkeyes got on the board in the bottom of the third inning. Chris Whelan took an elevated fastball and deposited it in the bullpen to left field for a solo home run. A single from Mason McCoy would bring up Jake Adams who struck out on a 3-2 pitch before Jesse Wilkening gunned down McCoy trying to stealing second.
Alex Raburn and Jake Meyers both reached to start the fifth to present another threat. Altavilla would attempt to bunt but popped up to Tyler Cropley for the first out. A double play off the bat of Schreiber would end the threat.
After Nebraska had their threat thwarted in the top of the fifth, Derek Burkamper got the first two batters of the fifth before three straight two out hits from Iowa plated another run.
Down to their final six outs, the Huskers once again put traffic on the bases in the eighth. With Erickson on the mound, Alvarado and Wilkening singled with two outs to end his day. Zach Daniels would take the mound for Iowa and would walk Jake Schleppenbach to load the bases for Mojo Hagge. Hagge would pop up to Whelan in left to strand three more runners.
After a caught stealing ended the bottom of the eighth, the Huskers would try and rally.
Luke Roskam would pinch hit for Alex Raburn and would be hit by a Daniels pitch. Meyers would hit one back to Daniels who almost threw it into center, but McCoy held the bag for the first out. A fielders choice from Altavilla brought up Schreiber who singled. A single from Miller loaded the bases for Alvarado.
Iowa would bring in their closer Josh Martsching who would get Alvarado swinging to end the threat.
Nebraska now moves to the elimination bracket where they will face the Maryland Terrapins at an estimated time of 8:50. According to Head Coach Darin Erstad Nebraska will start Jake Meyers tonight while Maryland is expected to throw Tyler Blohm.